CIVH merges Vumatel, DFA into one large fibre firm

14 June 2022

South Africa’s Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH), the Remgro and New GX-controlled parent company of Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) and Vumatel, said its two fibre network assets will be managed under a new infrastructure company.

In a statement, the company says this decision is a strategic step to meet ongoing customer and business requirements and increase open-access offerings across the networks.

The move comes as competition in the South African fibre market continues to heat up in what has now been termed the “fibre land grab”.

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Lesotho: telecom operators to begin SIM card registration

14 June 2022

Cell phone operators in Lesotho will have to start registering their subscribers’ SIM cards from June 24, in a process that will take place over a period of twelve months.

Vodacom Lesotho and Econet Lesotho, the country’s two main telecommunications companies, said they were ready to begin the operation on the scheduled date. “We have contributed to what has now been enacted as law and we would like to inform our customers that we are ready to start registration on the date indicated,” said Mohale Ralebitso, managing director, Vodacom Lesotho. “We will start with the piloting process of ensuring that the processes and devices we have purchased are effective to start rolling out registration across the country.”

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Licence renewal hits MTN Rwanda’s posttax profits

14 June 2022

MTN’s decision to pay off its US$91m licence renewal fees under a 10-year amortisation agreement in its Rwanda arm has had a 39.6% “negative” impact on its profits after tax for the quarter period, the mobile operator said.

Following a renewal of its licence last year, the firm will make the second instalment payment in July this year. Payment for the fees for the licence, valid for a period of 10 years, follows renewal of the permit by the Rwandan government last year.

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Airtel Kenya secures 10-year telecoms licence

14 June 2022

Airtel Kenya has forked out US$5m (Sh581m) to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) as part payment for its operating and spectrum licence running from 2015-2025.

The operator now has a balance of US$15m (Sh1.7bn), which it is expected to settle over the next three years. The latest tranche adds to a recent US$10m (Sh1.1bn) for a separate spectrum increase and which it will be allowed to use for a decade.

Cumulative pay outs to the regulator stand at US$15m (Sh1.7bn).

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